Heather Engebretson is a Juilliard graduate, an award-winner at the renowned Savonlinna Opera Festival as well as a special-award-winner at the “Hans Gabor Belvedere” singing competition in Vienna. In addition to her first opera achievements in the USA, she sang Schubert’s G Major Mass at the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium as well as Bach’s Magnificat at the Alice Tully Hall in New York.
In Germany, she joined the soloist ensemble of the Staatsoper Hannover in 2013, where she extended her repertoire with roles such as Oscar/Un ballo in maschera, Tytania/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jennie/Street Scene, Frasquita/Carmen, and Papagena in The Magic Flute. By the season of 2014/15, she changed to the Staatstheater Wiesbaden where she, among other things, performed the roles of Musetta in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Euridice in Orpheus und Eurydike.
Her most recent projects include Mozart’s Barbarina in Figaro and Massenet’s Sophie/Werther at the Royal Opera House in London as well as Liù in Turandot at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège.
In the season 2016/17 Heather Engebretson was a member of the ensemble of the Hamburgische Staatsoper, performing, among other roles, Musetta/La Bohème. In addition, she was a guest with Staatstheater Wiesbaden as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata and at Staatstheater Stuttgart in the title role of Händel’s Alcina.
Season 2017/18 included her debut at the Bolshoi-Theatre in the title role of Katie Mitchell’s production Alcina under the baton of Andrea Marcon, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni and Musetta/La Bohème at Staatstheater Wiesbaden, as well as Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute at Deutsche Oper Berlin.
In season 2018/19 Engebretson will be returning to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for her role debut as Woodbird/Siegfried in Keith Warner’s Ring under the baton of Antonio Pappano, as well as to the Bolshoi-Theatre as Alcina and to Staatstheater Wiesbaden as Donna Elvira. In addition, she will be embodying the Four Women in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as Mimi in La Bohème at Berlin’s Komische Oper.
On the concert stage, Engebretson’s most recent guest performances were with the Dresden Philharmonic in Messiah, in Carmina Burana with the Dortmund Philharmonic, and with the soprano part in Beethoven’s Symphony no 9 with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra.
In spring 2019 she can be heard with the soprano part in Mahler’s Symphony no 2 with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.


General Management

Artist Manager
Boris Orlob
Managing Director 
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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. Magnificat
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Fauré Requiem
Händel Messiah
Orff Carmina Burana
Strauss, R. Vier letzte Lieder
Verdi Requiem

Repertoire Opera

Adams Nixon in China Chiang Ch'ing
Bellini La sonnambula Amina
Berg Lulu Lulu
Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict Héro
Britten The Turn of the Screw Flora
Donizetti L'elisir d'amore Adina
  Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia
Gounod Roméo et Juliette Juliette
Handel Alcina Alcina
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Gretel
Massenet Manon Manon
  Werther Sophie
Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail Konstanze
  Die Zauberflöte Königin der Nacht
  Don Giovanni Donna Elvira
    Donna Anna
  Idomeneo Ilia
Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann Antonia, Olympia,
Giulietta, Stella
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Lauretta
  La Bohème Mimi
  Turandot Liù
Strauss, R. Arabella Fiakermilli
  Ariadne auf Naxos Zerbinetta
Stravinsky The Rake's Progress Anne Trulove
Verdi La traviata Violetta
  Rigoletto Gilda
  Un ballo in maschera Oscar
Wagner Das Rheingold Freia
  Götterdämmerung Woglinde
  Siegfried Waldvogel


Les contes d'Hoffmann / Deutsche Oper Berlin /  16.12.18 /

"was impressive as the four Heroines" 

Siegfried / Royal Opera House Covent Garden /  02.10.18 /

"terrific representations of the [...] Woodbird (an impishly acrobatic Heather Engebretson)" 

Siegfried / Royal Opera House Covent Garden /  01.10.18 /

"Engebretson's acrobatic Woodbird wove a fine thread of light through the prevailing gloom" 

Siegfried / Royal Opera House Covent Garden /  01.10.18 /

"His relationship with the fragile, stratospheric Woodbird of Heather Engebretson is an especially touching partnership of opposites" 

Siegfried / Royal Opera House Covent Garden /  29.09.18 /

"Engebretson is an exceptionally accomplished Woodbird, bringing precision and nuance to every note" 

War Requiem / Nationaltheater Mannheim /  24.04.18 / Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung

"überragend gestaltet[]: wunderbar rein und attraktiv leuchtend, in hoch gespannter Intensität" 

Werther / Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / 19.06.16 /

"a bright clear soprano" 

Così fan tutte / Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden / 04.11.15 /

"Zum Niederknien schön" 

La traviata / Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden / 09.03.15 / 

"weiss sich zu behaupten" 


5 roles, 2 houses, 1 voice: Back to London and Berlin
On September 17, Heather Engebretson will start into the new season at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where she will take on the role of Sophie in Massenet’s Werther besides Juan Diego Flórez performing the title role and Edward Gardner at the conductor’s stand. Further performances: September 24/27; 1st and 5th of October
Following last year’s great success, Heather Engebretson will return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, performing the four women in The Tales of Hoffmann on these evenings: October 24 and 30; November 8
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